City of Los Angeles Minimum Wage Rate

Starting July 1, 2016, all employers in the Los Angeles area are required to pay employees a new minimum wage rate of $10.50 per hour and paid sick leave. The minimum wage rate will be adjusted every year according to the Los Angeles Minimum Wage Ordinance Section 187.02. Certain exemptions and deferrals may be available. Employers should review their pay and leave policies now in order to ensure compliance on day one.

Minimum Wage Increase

In Los Angeles, the minimum wage will increase incrementally for private sector, non-hotel industry employees as follows:

  • Beginning on July 1, 2016, for employers with 26 or more private sector, non-hotel industry employees the minimum wage will be $10.50 per hour, and will increase annually to $12.00 (July 1, 2017), $13.25 (July 1, 2018), $14.25 (July 1, 2019), and $15.00 by July 1, 2020. The ordinance sets a similar time schedule for private sector, non-hotel industry private employers with 25 or fewer employees, but increases will start one year later, on July 1, 2017, and will reach $15.00 per hour by July 1, 2021.
  • Starting on July 1, 2022, and continuing every year thereafter, the minimum wage will increase in conjunction with the Consumer Price Index, with adjusted rates announced every February 1st.

The current minimum wage in California is US$10.00 per hour. That is scheduled to increase to $11.00 per hour effective January 1, 2017, and will increase thereafter by $1.00 per year each of the next four years, resulting in a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour effective January 2, 2021.

Paid Sick Leave Increase

California’s paid sick leave law currently provides that:

  • Employees accrue paid sick leave at the rate of one hour per every 30 hours worked.
  • Employees may carry over accrued sick leave from year to year.
  • Employers may cap the amount of accrued sick leave at 48 hours.
  • Employers may limit the amount of paid sick leave used by an employee in a year to 24 hours.
  • Employers may provide 24 hours of available paid sick leave up front in any given year to avoid the accrual and carry-over requirements.
  • If the employee is rehired within one year, he or she is entitled to reinstatement of accrued but unused sick leave.
  • Employers are not required to pay out accrued but unused sick leave upon termination.

Notice and Posting Requirements

The Los Angeles ordinance does not have express notice or posting requirements. So employers operating in Los Angeles will need to continue following the notice and posting requirements under state law. The notice must be in English and any other language spoken by at least 5% of the employees at the employees’ job site. Employers must also retain records relating to this new law for at least three years.

Enforcement and Penalties

The Los Angeles ordinance does not have any express provisions concerning penalties or enforcement. It instead indicates the Los Angeles Office of Wage Standards of the Bureau of Contract Administration will promulgate guidelines implementing the new ordinance. Those guidelines have yet to be announced.

  • An employer failing to comply with the notice and posting requirements may also be subject to a civil penalty of $100 for each employee who was not given appropriate notice, up to a maximum of $2,000.

Final Thoughts

Impacted employers should immediately begin to review their current policies to ensure compliance by the anticipated effective date of July 1st by:

  • Reviewing and revising, if necessary, paid sick time and/or PTO policies and procedures to ensure they meet the new ordinance requirements.
  • Reviewing attendance and disciplinary policies to avoid potential interference and retaliation claims.
  • Reviewing timekeeping, payroll and benefits systems to ensure compliance with the new ordinance requirements.
  • Reviewing hourly rates of employees to ensure compliance with the new ordinance requirements.

6th Annual Valley Mega Mixer


The United Chambers of Commerce

The 6th Annual Valley Mega Mixer

Thursday, June 30, 2016
5:00pm – 8:00pm

Anheuser Busch
15800 Roscoe Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91406


Member Price: $20.00 (pre-register by June 29th)
At the Door: $25.00 (for Members of sponsoring Chambers)
Non Members: $40.00 (pre-register or at door)

In addition to networking opportunities, the event will include:

  • Drink tickets, provided by Anheuser Busch
  • Light appetizers
  • Food vendors
  • A Stella Artois Airbus
  • Separate bar
  • Non-alcohol drink options available
  • Raffle prizes: including tours of the Anheuser Busch Brewery & many more
  • 12 local chambers of commerce

Self-Parking available – Side Entrance from Roscoe Blvd. only

More Information: (818) 981-4491

Sponsoring Chambers: Calabasas, Chatsworth/Porter Ranch, Encino, Filipino American Greater LA, Granada Hills, Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Sunland/Tunjunga, Toluca Lake, Universal City/North Hollywood, West Valley/Warner Center, Winnetka


27th Annual Memorial Day Parade Photo Gallery

2015 Small Business of the Year



2015 Small Business of the Year
Independently Owned & Operated
Michael and Meredith Teck


You are cordially invited to join our Chamber along with The United Chamber of Commerce to honor the recipients at:

The Small Business Breakfast
June 3rd, 2016

Monterey Clubhouse
16821 Burbank Blvd.
Encino, Ca 91436

Registration opens @ 7:00 am
Program ~ 7:30 am ~ 9:30 am

Tickets at $25 may be purchased through the Chamber website no later than May 27th, 2016.

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Chamber Breakfast: June 16, 2016


“Analyzing Body Language to Improve Customer, Employee, and Management Relations”

Sponsored by Woodland Hills Hilton


The Chamber is proud to have as our guest speaker Dr. Lori Baker-Schena whose expertise in body language will help you and your employees use this skill to become better salespeople and negotiators.

The Chamber values your time and we want you, your representative, and employees to attend these quarterly Breakfasts to make friends, know about Chamber activities, and learn skills to help your business.Hometown Buffet is stepping up to enhance our taste buds by adding an Omelette Bar.